Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Poetry Stretch - Ya Du

Ya Du is a Burmese poetic form that uses climbing-rhyme. Each poem contains anywhere from 1-3 stanzas (but no more than 3). Each stanza contains 5 lines. The climbing rhymes occur in syllables four, three, and two of both the first three lines and the last three lines of a stanza. The first four lines have 4 syllables each, and the last one can have 5, 7, 9, or 11 syllables. The last two lines have an end-word rhyme. 

Here's an example of what the climbing rhyme pattern looks like.
x x x a
x x a x
x a x b
x x b c
x b x x x x c

Since ya du means "the seasons," the poem should contain a reference to the seasons.

I hope you'll join me this week in writing a ya du. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. Tricky. I'll just go with this:


    One April day
    the snow may come
    and gray the sky.
    It can try hard,
    but why? It can’t keep spring from greening the yard.

    —Kate Coombs, 2015
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